Andy Bargerstock's blog

  • Wed
    Jun 29
    8:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Tue
    Jul 05
    12:00 am -
    2:00 am

Fringe Toast - SARAH JAROSZ TRIO on Wed., 6/29 at 8pm CT

Sarah Jarosz TrioMore choice tracks from DJ Andy Bargerstock. Northeast Jam-band Assembly of Dust leads off with two live tracks. Then, leading up to the July 14, 2016 concert at the Englert Theater in Iowa City, IA, rising young singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Sarah Jarosz & Trio (photo left), will perform her unique blend of new grass and ethereal realms with spotlight on tracks from the new CD Undercurrent. Also, in the first hour, listen closely for harmonies from the debut self-titled album of Case/Lang/Veirs.  Twin-spins each from on Jon Shain & Joe Newberry and Band of Horses.

The eagerly anticipated second-hour Chill Session includes sonic gems from Red Hot Chili Peppers made-over by electronic producer DangerMouse putting them unexpectedly and delightful into Fringe Toast spotlight second-hour gig.  Justin Johnson returns with more vintage acoustic guitar blues on cigar-box guitars from early 1900s. Other contributors include Sheila Chandra, Cass McCombs, Andi Starr, Cry Wolf, and Digitonal.  Ah, yes, more Above & Beyond too!

Click here for playlist.  Invite friends to join the live stream at Click on "Listen Live."  It's the best music you never hear... unless you're tuned to Andy Bargerstock's Fringe Toast.

Above & Beyond(See link to playlist below). This week marks the release of Acoustic II CD from UK's Above & Beyond (photo left) which is normally considered an electronic trance band.  But, this second accoustic CD breathes new life and context into their vast catalog of music featuring vocals from their long-time lead vocalist Zoe Johnston and other contributors.  Early in the second hour, you will hear a Above & Beyond on stagefew soothing tracks from this epic new album. The program begins with new tracks from Paul Simon, and also from Sweet Talk Radio, N*Grandjean, and The Rescues

The second-hour Chill begins with Above & Beyond, Society of Broken Souls, Rising Appalachia, Rhye and Rezonate.  The last 30 minutes of electro-acoustiic instrumentals features Richard Bone, The Peaking Goddess Collective, and a special 7-minute track from N*Grandjean called "The First Picture (RocknRolla Soundsystem Mix)."  

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Society of Broken SoulsThe program leads with Cyndi Lauper's amazing new release cover of Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces."  Also, you will hear three exceptional cover tracks for Grateful Dead songs from the newly released compilation, Day of the Dead (CD art below).

The spotlight shines especially bright on Fairfield's own Society of Broken Souls (Dennis James and Lauryn Shapter photo left) formerly with Truckstop Souvenir.  This songwriting duo was featured in Iowa Source Magazine's May 2016 issue in Fringe Toast music review written by DJ Andy Bargerstock.

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In the second hour Chill Zone, your brain will be soothed with beautiful Day of the Deadexperimental music from Paul McCartney, another visitation from Shook Twins, ethereal and enlightened reggae from Stick Figure, electronic instrumental from Pentatonik, and UK's marvelous electronic trance band gone acoustic, Above & Beyond.  Mark your calendar and invite friends to join the live stream on 

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It's the best music you never hear unless you are dialed to Fringe Toast.

Elephant RevivalDJ Andy Bargerstock steps up with another LIVE program of quality tracks from off-the-beaten path.  This week's spotlight shines on the four-sister band SHEL (photo right) and Fairfest band ELEPHANT REVIVAL (photo left) and their friends Shook Twins who also impressed the Fairfest crowd with a candlelight concert in FACC when the power went down with a storm. Music from Eric Clapton's new CD and Sawyer Fredricks (Voice winner).  Sarah Jarosz who will play Englert on July 14 offers tracks from her upcoming CD release Undercurrent.

And, then, the second hour.....

The second-hour Chill Zone highlights SHELetherically beautiful music from UK's electronic DJ duo, Above & Beyond, along with female vocals from Acoustic II the CD coming soon with preview tracks especially for you.  Acoustic guitar blues virtuoso Justin Johnson shapes notes on two tracks from Smoke and Mirrors.

Click here for playlist. Discover again why people say Fringe Toast offers the best music you never hear... unless you are tuned to KRUU.

Sarah Jarosz Trio(See playlist link below).  DJ Andy Bargerstock spotlights rising singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz (photo left) whose trio will be playing Englert Theater on July 14th in Iowa City, IA. You will hear the first single "House of Mercy" from her new CD Undercurrent to be released in May.  Our second spotlight will warm up the creative collaboration of electronic music master William Orbit and UK folk-indie singer-songwriter Beth Orton (photo right).  New music from The Rides, the supergroup consisting of Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Beth OrtonShephard, and Barry Goldberg. Will sample a few of the more mellow songs from Santana's new album too.

The second-hour Chill Session brings more electro-acoustic choice cuts including the Human Experience & Lila Rose, Azure Ray, Bethia Mitchell, This Mortal Coil, and Little People.  

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Sneaker PimpsLast week's Fringe Toast Retrospective Part 1 show created quite a stir. One listener characterized the experience as “hypnotic” and another said it was "other worldly in a really good way."  This week's Retrospective Part 2 entails yet another trance-inducing installment from brother Charlie’s favorites list. Spotlight shines on Kelli Ali lead singer for the Sneaker Pimps (photo left). Click here for complete playlist.

We start off with Roy Buchanan’s blues guitar "Sweet Dreams", followed by "Shut Your Eyes" by Snow Patrol (photo right) and "Low Times" by the School for Seven Bells. Then, comes the TV theme music from thesnow patrol BBC crime drama Luther which is Massive Attack's song "Paradise Circus".  And Greg Laswell offers his "Undone" used as a theme song for Friday Night Lights.   

We revisit "Wonderful Life" by DJ producer Carl Craig, and a marvelous  church organ-baritone sax piece "Good Places" with Beaver & Krause and jazz great Gerry Mulligan. In the Chill Zone second hour, prepare for the works of Brian Eno, Zero 7, the Egg and Magic Sound Fabric.  Many of these are destined to become classics in your music library.


zero 7 with sia(Note: see link to playlist below). In the past ten years, DJ Andy Bargerstock has introduced the listeners of Fringe Toast to thousands of new tunes from many genres and artists around the world.  We make yearly Crispy Awards for best new releases from off-the-beaten path. And, of course there are the epic early fall Best of Fringe Toast editions. This program's playlist was selected by DJ Andy’s brother, Charlie, with his favorite tracks from the past. Next week, prepare to listen to Part 2.  Both Charlie and DJ Andy will be hosting live on these dates.

Start with Ryan Bingham’s cut "Until I’m cat powerOne with You" which was theme music for the TV series The Bridge. We bring back an old favorite "Had a Dream" by actress and sometimes singer Bird York and "Willie" by Cat Power (photo right). We feature electronic composer and DJ Emancipator’s "When I Go" and two pieces by Blue Tofu--"Wild Blue" and "Spiritual". Throw in some Mark Isham, Zero 7 (photo upper left), Dido and join the second hour swoon of Chill Zone classics. Be assured, this music never grows old.

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  • Wed
    Apr 06
    8:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Tue
    Apr 12
    12:00 am -
    2:00 am

Fringe Toast - ANDREW BIRD & SAVOIR ADORE on Wed., 4/6 at 8pm CT

Savoir AdoreDJ Andy Bargerstock continues with part 2 of his reveal of incredible new tracks from around the world.  Hear more fine tracks from acoustic guitar blues wizard Justin Johnson, electro-dubstep reggae band Stick Figure, the electronic composer The Human Experience, and exotic French psychedelic band Wall of Death. Andrew Bird (photo right) shares the spotlight too.Andrew Bird

First-time performers include Brooklyn-based Savoir Adore (photo left), Dylan LeBlanc (Louisiana singer-songwriter), and Lord Huron (LA indie folk band).

Click here for playlist (linked soon).  Spread the word to friends and family worldwide to join the live stream on every Wednesday from 8-10pm Central US time.

Random Rab(See link to playlist below). DJ Andy Bargerstock returns with another program of incredible new tracks from international artists including featured spotlight on chill electronic band named Random Rab (album cover) and the acoustic guitar virtuoso Justin Johnson (photo right, yes he plays bass too).   First-timers on Fringe Toast include Dr. Dog, David Wiffen,  Wall of Death, Atlas Bound, and The Human Experience.   The second-hour chill session is beautifully crafted to stimulate serenity and calm.   Mark your calendar Justin Johnsonand encourage friends worldwide to join the live stream at every Wednesday at 8pm CT.  

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Watch for the upcoming Fringe Toast music review on the sparkling new English female duo Kaleida in the April issue of Iowa Source magazine.  Fringe Toast, the best music you never hear.... unless your tuned to KRUU-FM on Wednesday evenings!

Enjoy the Wednesday experience.

Brittney BouchardSpotlight shines brilliantly on the band Aust featuring Brittney Bouchard (left) and Alex Clare (right).   DJ Andy Bargerstock shares more tracks from new female duo from England known as Kaleida introduced last week.   New artists to Fringe Toast include Hothouse Flowers, Julien Baker, Darlingside, Sierra Hull, Kate Rusby, and BrahjAlex Clare

Listen closely in second hour for track "Sun is Shining" by The Fireman (a.k.a., Paul McCartney and DJ Youth), an experimental electro acoustic piece.  Speaking of the Beatles, the lead song for this program is "P2 Vatican Blues" by George Harrison.

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